You can't miss the best of the Riviera Maya

The Mexican Caribbean is one of the favorite tourist destinations worldwide, thanks to its natural beauty, years of history, enviable weather and a lot of fun activities that can be done in this ideal destination for all kind of trips.

The Riviera Maya covers the territory between Cancun and Tulum, exactly 81 miles of charming villages, a beautiful turquoise sea, white sand, sun and lots of fun. We will take you through a tour of the best places to visit on your next vacation to the Riviera Maya so you do not miss the full experience, for this tour we recommend you to rent a car for your better comfort, but you can also do it perfectly by bus, the ADO buses go through the area all day long.

1. Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a beautiful fishing village that in recent years has attracted people from all over the world looking for a beautiful and quiet place, Puerto Morelos is a small town with charm and tranquility, where you can enjoy a delicious meal by the sea, a walk through the main square where you will taste the typical marquesitas (a delicious dessert from Yucatán) or explore the second largest coral reef in the world: The Great Mayan Reef where beautiful colorful fish and turtles live in a fabulous Ecosystem. You will love the beautiful town of Puerto Morelos so much that you will never want to leave.

Puerto Morelos

2. Cenotes

The entire Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula are connected by an underground water system and the Cenotes are entrances to it. Natural crystalline water pools, open or in caves, some are surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites, others by a beautiful tropical jungle, gifts of nature for a hot day in the Caribbean and they also hide an ancestral mysticism, since the Mayans considered them an entrance to the mythical underworld, a way of communicating with the gods. There are many cenotes in the Riviera Maya, the best known are in the “Ruta de los Cenotes” in Puerto Morelos and others near Tulum. We recommend using biodegradable sun protection when swimming in them to keep this important groundwater system clean.

cenote Riviera Maya

3. Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is internationally recognized as a fun destination, the favorite place for young people since it has a large number of beach clubs and bars, which are mainly concentrated on 12th Avenue. The famous 5th Avenue is the most visited street in Playa del Carmen, here you can find all kind of restaurants, bars and the best shops, so if you want to go shopping in the Riviera Maya definitely the 5th avenue of Playa del Carmen is the right place, with a relaxed and family atmosphere you can spend a very pleasant afternoon.

Playa del Carmen Riviera Maya

4. Cozumel

Right in front of Playa del Carmen is the beautiful island of Cozumel, the first place in Mexico to receive the sun's rays, with a length of 30 miles from north to south that makes it the third largest island in the country. Much of the Mayan Reef is located in the sea of Cozumel so this charming island is the favorite destination for divers and snorkeling lovers The underwater gardens formed by large coral reefs are home to thousands of marine species, such as fish, turtles, starfish and more.

Cozumel Riviera Maya

5. Yal Kú Lagoon

If you are a snorkeling fan you will absolutely love Yal Kú, in this beautiful crystal clear water lagoon that connects with the ocean you will see a lot of colorful fish and enjoy the impressive tropical vegetation of the area. Of course you can also enjoy this oasis out of the water, relaxing in one of the palapas or delighting with the food of the restaurant while enjoying the beautiful view. There you can rent the necessary snorkel equipment and life jacket, so you will not have to worry about carrying anything. If you have snorkeling equipment and want to take it, you can also do it.

Yalku Riviera Maya

6. Tulum

The city of Tulum is surrounded on one side by a vast tropical jungle and on the other, by the Caribbean Sea. With boutique hotels of wooden cabins, from cozy small hotels to beautiful and luxurious boho-style hotels with a nice ocean view and a tropical vegetation that invites you to stay. In addition to its natural beauty, in this little town you will find the Archaeological Site of Tulum, the ruins of the Mayan Civilization with the most beautiful views. People from all over the world come to Tulum to know this important archaeological site and the natural wonders that this destination offers. In recent years this destination has gained popularity for its relaxed and bohemian style.

Tulum Riviera Maya

7. Coba

Cobá is an another archaeological site of the Mayan Civilization, it is surrounded by jungle and near to 5 lakes, it is believed that Coba means "rough waters" precisely referring to these lakes that were of great importance for the development of this Mayan city. This archaeological site is not yet fully explored and this makes it very special, experts say that much of this city is still under the jungle without being discovered and that it could be even bigger and more important than Chichén Itzá. From the top of the highest pyramid you can enjoy the beautiful view of the tropical jungle while transporting yourself to the past. You can do the tour on foot or by bicycle, kids love that, we recommend you to wear comfortable clothing and biodegradable sunblock.

Coba Riviera Maya